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Bahrain: Police Quash Today's Protests (Videos)

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Bahrain, Citizen Media, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, Protest

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011 [1].

A series of ‘illegal’ protests took place in Bahrain today, February 14, as demonstrators marked a ‘Day of Wrath’ inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Several videos from the protests have been shared on YouTube showing how demonstrations were quashed by force. One death has been confirmed, as well as many injuries.

Bahrain [2] is a small island country with approximately 1.2 million inhabitants [3], located near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. The country is ruled by a constitutional monarchy and has a poor human rights record and critically uneven distribution of wealth.

smohd92 shares this video [4] from Diraz village, showing riot police charging on a peaceful demonstration and opening fire as people flee.

A similar scene was repeated in Daih where a peaceful protest is broken up by police shooting tear gas canisters at close range as demonstrators run. Margadoosh posted this video:

mudaif shared this video [5] from a protest in Sanabis. Protesters, including many women, are seen marching down the street. Later, a group of protesters hide between two buildings, as smoke rises from what looks like tear gas canisters. Finally, one person shows a wounded lip, presumably from clashes.


A video from Sunday night in Karzakan, shows police confronting a group of people amidst traffic chaos, before opening fire with rubber bullets on cars and people, setting off a chorus of honking cars and car alarms, and eventually screams. This video is censored on the web in Bahrain. Anyone attempting to view will be met with the block page below.

Bahrain blocked video

A block page from February 14

This video [4], by bh1net, shows a few seconds of a rally in Maameer, in Sitra:


This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011 [1].